Make this the year you stick to your fitness resolutions with these top tips...
New Year's Day begins the same way every year. You wake up in a bit of a daze, probably with a thumping headache and a dry throat, body aching from who-knows-what damage you've done, which is when you think to yourself, "Wow, I really should start living a healthier life," as if this year will somehow be different from all those that came before. And yet, nothing seems to change.
Except, this year, that’s exactly what’s going to happen. You’re going to make a fitness resolution and we’re going to make sure you stick to it. No more vague pledges. No more unactionable plans that don’t have consequences. No more losing motivation by the second week of January. No. This is the year you unlock your full-potential and become the best version of yourself ever.
You see, failure to exercise is very rarely a knowledge problem. It’s a motivation problem. So if you’re ready -- really ready -- to chase your dreams and realise your fitness goals this year, then this blog is for you. Whether your goal is to do 15 push-ups, complete a marathon, build muscle-mass, torch that belly fat or anything in between, here are ten simple ways to stick to your fitness resolutions and have your fittest year yet.
No1: Write Your Goals Down (And Measure Them)
The most successful resolutions share two traits: they’re specific and they’re measurable. So avoid making vague, broad, overly-generalised goals and come up with a fitness aim that you can actually measure. And then, once you have settled on your hopes and dreams, write them down because, not only will this help you accomplish them, it will help you figure out the steps you need to take in order to succeed.
For example, instead of saying to yourself, ”I want to lose weight”, set a goal that allows you to map out your route from point A to point B. Something specific like, “I’m going to lose 20 pounds over the next six weeks by embracing a nutritious diet, going to the gym five times a week and signing up for an all-inclusive bootcamp. By breaking down your goals into actionable components, you’re way more likely to stay on track.
No2: Make Your Goals Manageable
This is a resolution, not a far-fetched fantasy, and the difference is attainability. If you’ve never done strength and conditioning before, hitting the weights bench every day of the week will probably lead to a bit of disappointment. And a big reason for this is simple: breaking a lifetime of habits is hard. It takes time, patience, effort and little successes.